I and my gentleman companion intend to move up north in a year or so and we're trying to figure out where to move. I thought this would be ideal for information about the northeastern US.
The key things we'd be looking for is affordable housing, potential for jobs, gay friendly environment, as well as other steampunks/goths/otaku/awesome people in the area. Proximity to big cities would also be very appealing. I know he would prefer a large city, and I'd certainly like it.
Some cities that have been under consideration have been Salem MA(For the Witchies), Providence RI (For Lovecraft), & Philadelphia PA (For the History). The problem is neither of us have spent enough time in New England or explored widely enough to get a grasp on the areas.
We both presently live in Florida and are looking forward to getting OUT of this state!!!
We were up in Piscataway, NJ for the Steampunk Worlds Fair and the pleasant weather was so seductive! I want autumn leaves that change color, and a winter that gets some snow. I know, be careful what you wish for, but seriously, I don't mind dressing in layers. Everywhere has it's quirks. I'm presently in a state that gets hurricanes & occasional tornadoes, as well as hellish summer heat and humidity, snakes, bugs, and all manner of pests. So it all goes with a grain of salt.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
H.M. Pangloss & J.M. Renfield